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Taking a stand against racism It is with heavy hearts that our nation watched as white nationalists groups descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest the town council’s unanimous decision to remove confederate statues from the public square. This is the third time in as many months that Alt Right and…

Our View— Seeking unity in the face of divisiveness

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Several local pastors joined together on Tuesday to take a public stand against the racism and bigotry that still plagues this country, personified by recent demonstrations by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia that ended in violence, with a young woman dead at the hands of one of the Neo-Nazi cowards…

Taxes: Some cutting remarks

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Job number one for Congress, as I noted in a recent column, is repealing Obamacare. But cutting taxes is a close second. Of course, the whole system needs an overhaul. We want to unleash economic growth and prosperity. Tax cuts are a crucial first step toward…

Mass education in a distinctly American way

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist Through its Current Population Survey, the U.S. Census Bureau has collected data and reported on educational attainment since 1940. Its dry statistical tables help tell the dramatic story of the American aspiration and drive for mass education. In 1940, only one out of four American adults…

GUEST VIEW — Advancing solar power development

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Smart politicians can tell which way the wind is blowing, which may be how Gov. Roy Cooper worked out of a political dilemma last week. Cooper signed House Bill 589 but immediately issued an executive order to mitigate an unwise, anti-industry provision added by the Senate. In whole, the bill…

Know these five budget facts

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist During the recently completed legislative session, the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to enact a new budget for state government. Here are five facts you need to know about the spending plan and its potential effects on you,…

Bills that look boring, but aren’t

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COLIN CAMPBELL Guest Columnist RALEIGH — The legislature’s one-day session on Aug. 3 was initially supposed to be about overriding Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes, but that’s not what happened during the 10-hour meeting. Cooper had issued a proclamation calling for the session after he vetoed four bills from the regular…

Volunteer fire departments face recruitment struggles

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MIKE CAUSEY Guest Columnist Over the past few weeks, I’ve been touring volunteer fire departments and talking to firefighters and emergency workers in all regions of our great state. These firefighters, who selflessly give their time and effort to help all of us in almost any kind of emergency, confirmed…

Guest View— Redrawing NC’s legislative districts

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North Carolina voters got less than half a loaf from three federal judges last week. The decision was just one more step in tweaking an election system that is hopelessly broken. The judges ordered the General Assembly to finish redrawing legislative districts by September. But they rejected pleas for a…

Washington is finally on track to provide meaningful regulatory reform

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THOM TILLIS Guest Columnist When I became North Carolina House Speaker in 2011, I inherited what could be modestly described as a “mess.” North Carolina was one of the hardest hit states by the Great Recession and the economic outlook was dire with a contracting workforce and a 10.3% unemployment…